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CHAPTER VIII STAFF RELATIONS

Rule 8.1 Staff Committee

(a) The Secretary-General shall establish and maintain continuous contact and communication with the staff in order to ensure the effective participation of the staff in identifying, examining and resolving issues relating to staff welfare, including conditions of work, general conditions of life and other personnel policies. (b) A Staff Committee shall be established and shall be entitled to make proposals to the Secretary-General and to be consulted on issues relating to staff welfare, including conditions of work, general conditions of life and other personnel policies. It shall consist of three members elected biennially by the staff. (c) General administrative instructions or directives on questions within the scope of paragraph (b) shall be transmitted in advance, unless emergency situations make this impracticable, to the Staff Committee for consideration and comment before being placed in effect.

(d) The Secretary-General shall afford facilities for meeting of the Staff Committee and shall allow members of the Staff Committee suffcient time for the performance of their functions, during offce hours.

(e) In accordance with the principle of freedom of association, staff members may form and join associations, unions or other groupings. However, formal contact and communication on the matters referred to in paragraph (b) shall be conducted through the Staff Committee, which shall be the sole and exclusive representative body for such purpose.

CHAPTER IX

SEPARATION FROM SERVICE

Rule 9.1

Special Advisory Board, defnition of termination, and abolition of posts and

reduction of staff

Special Advisory Board

(a) The Special Advisory Board under staff regulation 9.1 (b) shall be composed of a chairman and two members appointed by the Secretary-General in consultation with the Staff Committee.

Defnition of termination

(b) A termination within the meaning of the Staff Regulations is a separation from service initiated by the Secretary-General, other than retirement at the age of sixty-two years or more or summary dismissal for serious misconduct.

Staff Rules, 8.1-9.1

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